A corpus-based analysis of the gendered use of Cantonese sentence final particles

Gregoire Adalbert WINTERSTEIN, Yee King Regine LAI, Pei Sui Zoe LUK, Eric MCCREADY

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to characterize the gendered usage of sentence final particles (SFP) by native Cantonese speakers. Two spoken corpora of Cantonese are chosen. One is the conversation part of the HKCanCorp (Luke & Wong, 2015) which contains recordings of conversations between close ones (friends, family colleagues), the other are the Hansard transcripts of the Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo) which we annotated by manually adding all occurrences of SFP. Both corpora give indications about the speakers’ gender which allows the study of the variation between masculine and feminine speakers.
Results show gender distinctions in the use of SFPs, which we trace back to attributed epistemic authority. Copyright © 2018 NWAV-AP5.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018

Citation

Winterstein, G., Lai, R., Luk, Z. P., & McCready, E. (2018, February). A corpus-based analysis of the gendered use of Cantonese sentence final particles. Paper presented at the NWAV Asia Pacific 5 (NWAV-AP5): Language contact and variation, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Austratlia.

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